When was the last time you thought about your smoke detector? It's easy to overlook the importance of smoke detector maintenance and proper use, but the consequences could be fatal. Sleep better knowing your home is safe with these tips.
Where to install: Ensure smoke detectors are installed and operational outside of every sleeping area and inside all bedrooms. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including finished attics and basements.
Areas to avoid: To avoid false alarms, refrain from installing detectors in dusty places like garages and crawl spaces. Also, avoid installing within five feet of humid areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room.
Keep it clean: Using a soft brush attachment, vacuum your smoke detectors regularly. Clean the vent openings with a disinfectant wipe to keep the airflow clear from the sensor.
Regular testing: Make it a habit of testing your smoke detectors monthly by pressing the “test” button.
Prevent the chirp: Change the batteries in your detector every six to 12 months.
When to replace: Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.